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Dozens taken to hospital after chemical leak at Texas water park

Dozens taken to hospital after chemical leak at Texas water park

A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park has left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues, authorities said.

Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals on Saturday following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, the Harris County fire marshal’s office tweeted. Thirty-nine others declined to be taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.

KPRC-TV reported that some of those who became sick were children, including a 3-year-old who was in hospital in a stable condition.

The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulphuric acid, officials said.

“The safety of our guests and team member is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesperson Rosie Shepard said in a statement, according to news outlets. “Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the day.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they said was contained to one attraction at the park.

“Grateful for the swift action from first responders today at Splashtown,” Houston’s chief elected official, Lina Hidalgo, tweeted. “We’ve issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements before reopening again.”

In southern Michigan, meanwhile, at least four people died while attending a weekend country music festival, including three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer, authorities said on Saturday.

Two more men were in critical condition at a hospital from the same exposure, the Lenawee County sheriff’s office said. The five men were in their early 20s.

A concerned friend called 911 around 1.30pm when he had not heard from them during the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway, 80 miles (128.7 kilometres) west of Detroit. They were staying at a campground outside the festival grounds in Woodstock Township.

“This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

Separately, state police reported the death of a 30-year-old woman. The cause and manner was unknown, state police said, although investigators were looking for a suspect.

“Detectives want the public to know there is no danger or threats to people attending” the music festival, state police said.


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